Area under Flood Warning

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a Flood Warning for southwestern Jackson County, Marshall County, Madison County, Lauderdale County, Limestone County, Colbert County, DeKalb County, Cullman County, Franklin County, Morgan County and Lawrence County until 5:30 p.m. Monday.

“At 1128 AM CST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that heavy rain was falling over the area. The heavy rain will cause flooding. 2 to 3 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area. This area will continue to be monitored for the possibility of Flash Flood Warnings later on today.

“If rising water begins to approach your location, move to higher ground immediately. In addition, motorists should use caution, and be alert for ponding on area roadways. Slow down to avoid hydroplaning.

“Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, or a favorite local media outlet, for further statements or updates from the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

“If you encounter a flooded road, please turn around, don`t drown.

“A Flash Flood Watch continues for the Tennessee Valley through late Tuesday afternoon.

“Rain chances will lessen somewhat on Tuesday, as a frontal boundary moves further to the south. The front however should return as a warm front Tuesday night and on Wednesday, bringing higher chances for more heavy rainfall. Total rainfall amounts into Tuesday should range from 2 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts. This will continue an enhanced threat for flash and areal flooding and worsen river flooding in the Tennessee Valley.

“Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday and Wednesday night, in addition to another round of heavy rainfall. The primary threat to life and property will continue to be flooding, but damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out. A risk for tree damage and power outages is also possible, as winds will be on the gusty side. Because of saturated soils, any additional rainfall will be entirely runoff, exacerbating ongoing flooding.”